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Sewol-ho Ferry Disaster: Live Updates

Updated: 2014-04-21 15:17:37 (KST)
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President Park Geun-hye has vowed to hold those involved in the ferry sinking strictly responsible pointing an accusing finger at the crew's irrational and irresponsible actions when the Sewol-ho got into trouble.
For more, we now go to Arirang News' Song Ji-sun at the news center.
Ji-sun, fill us in.

President Park said what the captain of the Sewol-ho did was equivalent to 'murder', and the same goes for the crew that abandoned the ship before the passengers.
At a meeting of senior secretaries at the Presidential Office of Cheong Wa Dae this Monday morning she also said she felt a deep distrust of the government and anger from the affected family members because of the way government officials handled the case in the beginning.
The president ordered the joint investigation team, composed of the police and the prosecution, to thoroughly clarify any suspicions the public might have regarding this tragic accident.

Speaking of suspicions, it's not just the family members who want to know why and how the crew members escaped from the ferry when they KNEW some of the passengers were trapped inside the cabins?

The joint investigation team earlier in the day received arrest warrants for four additional crew members. This comes after three crew members including the captain were arrested over the weekend.
We are getting reports that the Sewol-ho ferry built 20 years agounderwent months of renovation to extend its sailing-life by more than 7 years.
Some 20 people related to the renovation have been summoned for questioning as well.
An investigation is ongoing into the ferry operator, Cheong Haejin Marine company.
The special investigative team has imposed travel bans on the company's president, the former chairmen of its parent firm, and his two sons who are the biggest shareholders of the company.
Cheong Haejin Marine Company has stopped all operations and is no longer holding briefings for the press at its headquarters.

In the meantime, one of the engineers of the ferry that was questioned by investigators attempted to hang himself.
His colleagues found him just before he could go through with it.
The person has been transferred to near-by hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.

The government declared Ansan in Gyeonggi-do province, near the capital Seoul, and Jindo-gun county in Jeollanam-do province as special disaster zones.
The measure was passed on Sunday.
Yes. At around 6:40 p.m. Sunday evening, those two areas officially became special disaster zones.
Jindo-gun county is where the nearest harbor closest to the sunken ferry is.
And the Danwon High School, an entire second grade and faculty of around 3-hundred-50 people were onboard the sunken Sewol-ho ferry is at Ansan city of Gyeonggi-do province near the capital Seoul.
The two areas will quickly receive state funds for the search-and-rescue operation and local taxes including acquisition taxes will be waived.
Other general taxes will either be reduced, or the payment deadline will be postponed for up to nine months.
Financial assistance will be given to the families of the victims, as well as to those that are still waiting for their loved ones to return. Back to you, Conn-young.


Reporter : song@arirang.co.kr

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fatboyme (USA) 2014-04-21    

We need some good news today.